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The lighter side of music
PETER RAY BLOOD
Nigel Ferreira began playing the guitar
at age 14. In 1976, together with friends,
he formed the very popular five-member
group Colonel & Company, in which he
was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist.
After the group disbanded, Ferreira wrote
and produced jingles for the local advertising
market. One of the jingles he sang by Mark
Fojo and Simon Galt was nominated at the
International CLIO Awards in 1979.
After all these years, Ferreira has been
consistent and he continues to please and
entertain his audiences. He has no intentions
of stopping and has now released his latest
production---The Lighter Side---a 14-song CD,
unplugged and all acoustic.
Speaking about his CD, Ferreira said: "It's
an interesting album as it's the first time I've
done unplugged. The music is light, softer and
more laid back, unlike my last album. There's
a 12-page booklet inside, inclusive of front
and back, with all the lyrics to the songs.
What makes this CD even more interesting
is that I am featuring some amazing artistes,
like the super talented Cathy Ella sharing her
amazing vocals singing together with me on
one of the songs.
"Also on the album are two of the most
amazing and gifted young talents: Glenn
Miller Ferreira with his original, and one of
Mexico's budding singer/songwriters, Vivi
Leal Velazquez, also with her original. It feels
so good supporting young artistes like them.
"My brother Barry also blows some real bad-
ass harmonica/blues harp on one of the songs."
In 1985, Ferreira joined the very popular rock
band Touchdown as its lead singer and rocked
the town to the next generation. Two years
later he received an Appreciation Plaque from
the National Association for Down Syndrome
Children for his contribution So Lovely, So
Beautiful, a song he wrote and performed on
many occasions to help raise funds for the
Ferreira continued to excel as a musical
exemplar for young and aspiring musicians
through the eighties and nineties. In 1987,
he wrote and performed solo a song titled A
Waste of Time for the National Walk Cam-
paign against drugs. In 1994, he sang on the
late Johnny Gonzales' Christmas CD---My
Christmas---a compilation of the top local
artistes performing the traditional Christmas
standards. Ferreira sang the only original song
from Gonzales, on the album Christmas on the
Hill, which is still the most requested Christ-
mas song. The song was at the number one
position for two consecutive years on the local
charts. So what else has this gifted musician
been up to? "I have freelanced extensively," he
said, "appearing as a guest artiste on various
shows and with different acts."
No stranger to the recording studio, Fer-
reira has been hired on many occasions as a
lead vocalist on varied projects. In 1992, he
worked along with Dr Kiran Akal, who at the
time was the Commissioner in Trinidad for the
Seville World Fair, and he assisted Dr Akal in
the production and preparation of local mu-
sic for the Seville World Fair. Ferreira, in his
amazing career, has also twice entertained two
of the country's prime ministers for private
As a new decade rolled over in 2000, Ferreira
continued to keep himself busy. In 2001, he
and his good friend and old bandmate Arthur
Reid formed the duo Framework II with two
guitars, backed by pre-recorded digital sound.
"To the present day, Framework II has been
playing the circuits," said Ferreira, "appearing
at the top night spots, clubs, hotels, private
and corporate functions."
In 2001, as well, Framework II released a
12-song Christmas CD, of which four tracks
are Ferreira's compositions. Again a huge hit
on the local market, the CD received great
reviews in the local media.
In 2010 Ferreira wrote and produced another
solo album---The Darker Side Of Me. This 13-
song rock album has received the best reviews
for Ferreira thus far.
In closing, Ferreira added: "My only grouse
through my musical career is that there's ab-
solutely no support for local artistes from the
radio stations and, for the life of me, I cannot
understand why the radio stations refuse to
play local artistes.
"On a positive note, though, working side
by side with me on my latest album is the
amazingly, gifted, skilled and accomplished
musician Peter Shim."
The cover of Nigel Ferreira's The Lighter Side CD.
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